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Death of Fr Les Campion


Fr Les Campion News Story
Bishop Anthony presenting Fr Les Campion with the Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice in 2011.

One of the Diocese of Parramatta’s most loved priests, Fr Les Campion, died on Saturday 15 March peacefully at Rosary Village, Yennora. He was 87.

Fr Les was Parish Priest of Holy Trinity Parish Granville from 1975 until his retirement in 2007. His priestly ministry also included the parishes of Naremburn, Lane Cove and Cairns.

He is perhaps best known for the pastoral care he was able to give on the day of the Granville rail disaster in 1977, when an express train from Mt Victoria bound for Central Station derailed at the Bold Street Bridge.

Fr Les was the first religious minister to arrive at the scene of the accident, which claimed the lives of 83 people and seriously injured 213.

Prior to his retirement, Fr Les was also Chairman of the Board of Marian Nursing Home, which was established by the Diocese of Parramatta in 1970.

In 2011, Fr Les was awarded the Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice. Also known as the ‘Cross of Honour’, the medal was established by Leo XIII in 1888, and is currently given for distinguished service to the Church by lay people and clergy.

Fr Les is survived by his sister Eileen.

A Pontifical Concelebrated Requiem Mass will be celebrated at Holy Trinity Church, Granville, on Tuesday 25 March at 11am. Bishop Anthony Fisher OP will be the principal celebrant.

Fr Les will be buried in the Priests Section of Rookwood Catholic Cemetery, Sydney.

Priests are requested to wear white vestments and reply to the Diocese of Parramatta's Office for Worship tel 02 8838 8414 by Friday 21 March.

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